Senate tackles ex-Deputy Leader Abdul Ningi, says ‘we’re not too soft on Buhari’

NEWS DIGEST – The Senate on Monday berated a former deputy Senate leader, Abdul Ningi for alleging that the National Assembly was too soft on President Muhammadu Buhari to the detriment of good governance.

The Senate, in a statement by its spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, expressed surprise that such a comment could come from a ranking senator and former principal officer in the upper legislative Chamber.

The statement reminded the former lawmaker that the Senate was not an opposition constituted to antagonise other arms of government.

Mr Ajibola said the 9th National Assembly, headed by Ahmad Lawan has been committed and has pursued good governance more than in the previous sessions.

“The barometer to gauge a working Legislature is not how many times it initiated a futile and failed impeachment procedure against a sitting President but the amount of work it could do within the framework of Cooperative bi-partisan legislation,” Mr Basiru added.

According to him, the 9th Senate had reasons to turn down some executive communications and requests but were done with maturity without acrimony.

“The 9th Assembly represents the ever-increasing maturity of Nigeria’s democracy, he added.

Mr Basiru stressed that the 9th Assembly has been the most successful since the return to civil rule in 1999, adding that “our focus has been on impactful legislations which bother on the economy, security and livelihood of Nigerians”.

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